We see the difference you're making in the Stillwater community and we want to recognize you and others for those contributions. Young Professionals of Stillwater began Emerging Leaders Under 40 to celebrate the accomplishments of those who are making a difference in Stillwater - personally, professionally and civically. Emerging Leaders may be nominated by themselves or others, and must be 21-40 years old (as of November 1, 2017).


Nominated individuals should demonstrate qualities of a well-rounded young professional who excels in multiple areas, including professional and community aspects. All information received will be held in confidence. The top leaders will be determined by an independent panel of judges and honored at a reception on Wednesday, October 18 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. We hope that you will join us as we recognize these leaders and celebrate the accomplishments of all of our nominees.

Leaders may be nominated by themselves or others by Friday, September 8, 2017.

Nominate an Emerging Leader

Do you know an outstanding young professional? Please complete the nomination form by clicking the link below. Emerging Leaders Under 40, presented by Young Professionals of Stillwater, celebrates the accomplishments of those who are making a difference in Stillwater personally, professionally and civically. To be eligible, persons nominated must be under 40 as of November 1, 2017.

Nominations must be submitted by Friday, September 8, 2017. 

Click Here to Nominate an Emerging Leader

Apply Now!

Applications may be submitted by leaders who have been nominated, however self-submissions are also encouraged. 

The deadline for completed materials is Friday, September 15, 2017.

Click Here to Apply.


 Top 10 Emerging Leaders Under 40







Robyn Baker
OSU Foundation

Jeremy Bale, 
Aspen Coffee


Mae Badiyan, 
The Blo Bar Salon & Spa

Damon Blalack, 
Red Dirt International 
Film Festival


Matt Beck, 
Oklahoma State University


Shawna Goodwin, 
Oklahoma State University
Museum of Art

Mario Borunda
Oklahoma State University

Brad Essary,
Red Rock Bakery


Will Joyce, 

Shannon Cunningham, 
Northern Oklahoma College

Marcy Luter,
Meridian Technology Center


Dave Shideler
Oklahoma State University

Tara Depperschmidt,
RCB Bank


Amanda McCabe,
Oklahoma State University


Daniel Thrasher,
 Bank SNB

Kari Easson,
Stillwater Medical Center


Trish McPeek,
Oklahoma State University
Alumni Association


Angela Vivar, 

Dawn Lindsley,
Oklahoma Department of Career 
& Technology Education


Brenda L. Morales,
Oklahoma State University


Mindy Walthall,
Oklahoma State University
Career Services

Justin Minges,
Stillwater Chamber of Commerce


Kari Pratt,
Oklahoma State University


Cody Whittenburg,
 City of Stillwater

Miguel Najera,
Stillwater Police Department

Jillianne Tebow,
Central Electric Cooperative


Mark Wilkins, 
Oklahoma State University

Chef Tiffany Poe,
Oklahoma State University

Carrie Walling,
Stillwater Medical Center


Jeremy Zweiacker,
Oklahoma Department of Career
and Technology Education

Sara Siems,
Oklahoma State University